On April 22, 1970, Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin founded Earth Day to celebrate our earth and raise awareness around the vitality of protecting the environment. Internationally, more than 180 countries recognize Earth Day and use it as an opportunity to build environmental awareness among their citizens. Many take this opportunity to volunteer for projects in their communities like removing litter from a local park or river to create a healthier space for people and wildlife. Others choose to adopt environmentally-friendly behaviors like recycling at home or reducing personal water usage.
Lots of nonprofit organizations also take part in Earth Day activities. According to the Earth Day Network, more than 5,000 environmental organizations participate in Earth Day festivities each year. On Earth Day 2010, more than 200,000 people met in D.C. for a climate rally. And the Earth Day Network, in conjunction with individuals and charities, achieved its goal of planting 1 billion trees in 2012. This year the organization is advocating for environmental and climate literacy, and encouraging people to participate in the March for Science which will be held in Washington, D.C.
Before you head out to volunteer this Saturday, be sure to check out our Guide to Volunteering to ensure you have fun while doing good for the cause you care about.
And, if you’d prefer to financially support an organization working for environmental justice, use Charity Navigator’s Advanced Search Tool to find a highly-rated organization that will use your money to do the most good.